King Arthur's Hall

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For the building in Tintagel, see King Arthur's Hall, Tintagel.

Coordinates: 50°34′6.32″N 4°38′32.63″W / 50.5684222°N 4.6423972°W / 50.5684222; -4.6423972

King Arthur's Hall on Bodmin Moor
King Arthur's Hall on Bodmin Moor
King Arthur's Hall - Panorama

King Arthur's Hall is a megalithic monument on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, England, UK. It is thought to be a late Neolithic or early Bronze Age ceremonial site.[1]

Description[edit]

The monument consists of fifty-six stones arranged in a rectangle with a bank of earth around them and measures approximately 20m by 47m. The interior fills with water and a contemporary ground level has not been established.[2] It has suffered damage by cattle in the past and is now protected by a gated fence. It can be reached by footpaths east of St Breward.

Origin and use[edit]

In the absence of any archaeological finds, its origin and use is only speculative.[3] A similar enclosure exists in Brittany which was a Bronze Age cremation site, but a similar rampart construction at Lough Gur in Ireland suggests an earlier Neolithic date.[3] It has even been suggested that it was merely a cattle pound, but the effort required to build the bank and to erect the slabs suggests that it had a more important function.[3]

The surrounding area contains many stone circles, hut circles, cairns and cists.

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External links[edit]

Media related to King Arthur's Hall at Wikimedia Commons